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FAU Campuses to Host Remembrance Events in Honor of the 10th Anniversary of September 11

BOCA RATON, FL (September 2, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University will host events at its Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Jupiter campuses in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of September 11. The events will give students, faculty, staff and the community an opportunity to come together, share experiences and express feelings of hope and strength.

“Many of us can recall the exact moment we learned our country had been attacked, and we still feel the emotion of that experience like it was yesterday,” said Charles Brown, Ph.D., senior vice president of student affairs at FAU. “Remembrance events like we are hosting at FAU can be a positive, healing moment for participants.”

The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:

Student Union Remembrance Programs
Through Friday, September 16
Student Union lobby
For more information, contact Lauren Adamo at 561-297-3730 or 

A 9/11 Remembrance Banner on which students, faculty and staff can share their words of peace, remembrance and honor for those impacted by the events of 9/11 will hang on the second floor of the Student Union. On Friday, September 9, from 10 a.m to 11 p.m., students will be invited to participate in making ribbons and signing a banner. A paper Peace Tree will be on display where individuals will be able to write messages on hearts, leaves and symbols that reflect peace. On Saturday, September 10, the banner will be moved to the first floor where it will hang through Friday, September 16, along with the Peace Tree.


Day of Service to Commemorate September 11
Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Twin Palms Center for the Disabled, 306 NW 35th St., Boca Raton
For more information, contact Nori Carter at 561-297-3607 or

FAU’s Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) and the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Services invite FAU students to participate in service Saturday at the Twin Palms Center for the Disabled. Twin Palms is a unique day program for individuals diagnosed with developmental delays. Student volunteers will garden, paint and participate in activities to assist the center.


9/11: Never Forget
Sunday, September 11, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free Speech Lawn
For more information, contact Jeff Arnold at 954-588-3203 or

The College Republicans at FAU invite students and community members to view a memorial consisting of 2,977 American flags to represent each life lost as a result of the events that took place on September 11, 2001. A moment of silence will be held at 9:03 a.m. — the same time the second plane crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Students and community members are invited to view the memorial. “9/11: Never Project” is part of a nationwide effort that began in 2003 by Young America’s Foundation. More than 200 colleges and high schools will participate.


FAU Peace and Freedom Walk
Sunday, September 11, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Palm Beach Plaza, east side of the Administration Building
For more information, contact Polly Burks at 561-297-2595 or

FAU’s Peace Studies Program will host a Peace and Freedom Walk to commemorate September 11. The walk will be conducted simultaneously as a nationwide effort and will start with a short presentation at 8:30 a.m. The silent walk will commence at 8:46 a.m., lasting approximately 30 minutes and will end back at Palm Beach Plaza. Maps for the walk will be available at the event.



The following events will take place at FAU’s Fort Lauderdale campus, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd.:

Remembering 9/11 – A Community Response
Wednesday, September 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.
College Plaza
For more information, contact Maggie Gunther at 954-762-5275 or

To commemorate September 11, students will participate in a journaling exercise to discuss their impressions of the attacks and the aftermath of the event. As many students were between the ages of 12 and 16 on September 11, 2001, this activity will provide opportunities to share perspectives from then and now, and discuss the event’s impact on our culture and economy. Two on-screen viewings also will be available, including the documentary “9/11 - The Filmmakers’ Commemorative Edition,” a film made by Gedeon and Jules Naudet, French brothers and filmmakers who were creating a documentary about a young firefighter when the attacks occurred. The resulting film included almost unlimited access to a lower Manhattan firehouse less than 10 blocks from the World Trade Center. The second screen will display photos from the Magnum Group, a photographic cooperative, whose photographers were on site during the attacks.



The following events will take place at FAU’s John D. MacArthur campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter:

10th Anniversary Commemoration of Patriot Day
Sunday, September 11, at 6 p.m.
Northwest corner of the campus
For more information, contact Alex C. Lange at

Students, faculty and staff on FAU’s Jupiter campus will gather to share and listen to stories about their experiences surrounding September 11. Those who have served in the U.S. military since September 11 are welcome to participate. Event highlights include an overview from an FAU professor about the history of Patriot Day, speaker stories, a candle light vigil and a moment of silence. In case of rain, the event will be held in the A.D. Auditorium.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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